Thursday, 20 August 2015

Up Coming Workshops

In October I am holding two workshops,

Monday 5th October 2015
Ystradowen Village Hall CF71 7SY
Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
10.00 am -4.00 pm

Complete this mini art quilt learning the techniques of fast fuse applique, along with machine quilting and hand stitching. 
Learn how easy it is to take that step into art quilting.
Explore a variety of finishing options and ways to display small pieces.
Can be completed simply or with a flourish of embellishment!

Suitable for all levels.

Monday 26th October 2015
Ystradowen Village Hall CF71 7SY
Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
10.00 am -4.00 pm

A fun and easy class that demonstrates a simple but effective way to produce a mini landscape quilt. Using “Quilt-As-You-Go” piecing, or a free layering approach learn techniques for adding stitch and embellishment in a variety of ways. 
This class also looks at some alternative ways for finishing off and displaying your creations.

Suitable for all levels.

For more details and to book your place

I hope you can join me for one of these classes. Both are based around a straight forward project or technique but within each one I demonstrate and teach lots of different ways to help you become a more confident and creative art quilter/textile artist.

I am often asked if I run my own workshops and circumstances have made it happen sooner than I was expecting, so if there is anything that you need to know that I have neglected to mention do not hesitate to contact me with your questions
If you are not local then you might like to know that the venue is about 25 miles west of Cardiff. near the lovely market town of Cowbridge

These workshops were first advertised with 
The Patchwork House in Llantrisant, but now that the owner is not able to run her workshop programme I am taking on the responsibility so not to disappoint those who have already signed up. If you have already booked then your place is secure.

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Festival of Quilts after thoughts

Yes, I admit it!
It has taken me over a week to recover from The Festival Of Quilts.

It was as wonderful as ever. A chance to catch up with those I only see at the festival and also a chance to chat to some of my personal quilting heroes such as Gloria Loughman and Sandra Meech, who were both delightful. I was assisted  by my daughter, who has been with me each year since I started. It was a lovely for me to see how she has grown in confidence over the years. So much so that I could chat away to all who came by while she did all the hard work!

For me there were two faces of this year's show (literally)

The first was this one.

Festival of Quilts 2015

This guy's exhibition was just down the way from the Quilting In Action section and one of the perks is that you get to go in early and have a look around at things before the crowds arrive. I made a bee line to this one because I have followed Luke's work online for a number of years so it was great to see it on the flesh.
I find his work exciting, not because he is a man (you know what I am saying here) but because he is young. There are a lot of young quilters out there these days, which is good, but not so many seem to be in the Art Quilting camp. 
For me he embodies the mixing Quilt and Art. When there are so many conversations about what is Art Quilting in my humble opinion Luke Haynes ticks a lot of boxes. (He also recycles fabric which is another plus). I got to chat to him and he too is delightful!!
Read more about him and his work here.

The other face was that created by Jenny Dutton with the pieces in the Through Our Hands Gallery taken from her The Dementia Darnings series. I don't have any photos but I urge you to take a look at these powerful pieces.

Festival of Quilts 2015

So... my apologies if you started to read this post hoping to see lots of photos of quilts, but I simply don't have any and the few I did take were blurry, including this one snapped as we were leaving one evening.
However google or hashtag festival of quilts on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter and you will be inundated with images. 

If you were there I would love to know what you enjoyed most. 
If you know of any other young art quilters I should know about then tell me in the comments.

Thanks for visiting!

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Festival of Quilts

If you are visiting the Festival of Quilts this week please come by and say hello.
It has been a busy few weeks over here but now I am enjoying a quiet few minutes with a cup of tea before I pack the car and head on up to the N.E.C. Birmingham (about 2 hours away).
I am going to try and share as much as I can via Instagram. You can still follow along via the link up on my side bar even if you do not have an account.

See you on the other side!

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